With the abrupt emergence of the global pandemic, COVID-19, Euro 2020 has been postponed. We hope that the World Cup won’t share the same fate. Having been moved to summer 2021, a key focus is now on the Euro 2021 betting. This will allow more things to happen with emerging talents as well as teams. As such, outright odds are expected to change more frequently.
The European Championship is among the most highly-anticipated tournaments, gripping football enthusiasts for one month with football fever and patriotism. Before and during the tournaments, there’s a lot of Euro Cup betting that goes on. Certainly, a lot of UK punters will be betting on the results of Euro 2021.
With the major football tournament just about to kick off after two years of waiting, even those who don’t bet a lot will yearn to have a punt on their own country to win. The UEFA champions league will surely see all European fans involved. On July 12th, the top European teams will fight to conquer the championship trophy at Wembley Stadium, London. In the history of the European Championship, it’s the very first time that this tournament will not be hosted by a particular nation. From a betting perspective, this adds more uncertainty, making things look even more interesting.
The Euro 2021 qualifying stages are almost here, but we are yet to know the full roster of participating teams. Through the qualifying stages, twenty teams have automatically advanced to the finals. This leaves four teams to fight for a spot in the play-offs. Of the 10 Euro 2021 qualifying groups, the top two in each will automatically advance to the tournament, which makes for 20 participants. The remaining four places are then determined through play-offs. In the previous Euro Cups, participants of the play-offs were determined by the qualifier performances. The decision in regard to 2021 was based on the standings of the UEFA Nations League.
In addition to the 20 teams that qualify from the 10 groups, the play-offs will include four teams for the football competition. Based on their Nations League group performances and finishes, 16 teams in total participate in the play-offs. This involves Four playoff routes, with four teams being allocated to each route. For each route, there will be one final and two semi-finals. Each match will be a single-leg match. Unlike in previous years, there will be no two-legged matches. In the semi-final stage, the Nations League team that is highest-ranked will be at home against the fourth-placed, while the second-ranked team will play at home with the third-best team.
The 16 Nations League groups winners (A, B, C and D) have now progressed to the play-offs. But the way the play-offs’ structure is set, about half the group winners of the Nations League qualified directly for the Euro finals. Since these teams don’t have to qualify from the play-offs, the next best-ranked team from that League will be allocated their place. Teams in the play-offs are Path A: Bulgaria, Iceland, Hungary, Romania. Path B: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Path C: Israel, Norway, Scotland, Serbia. Path D: North Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus, Kosovo.
In the Play-off Path A, Romania will take on Iceland in the first semi-final of Path A, while Hungary will face Bulgaria in the other semi-final. The winner of Hungary vs Bulgaria will have home advantage in the final. In Play-off of Path B, Semi-final one sees Northern Ireland take on Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republic of Ireland face Slovakia in the other semi-final. Either Northern Ireland or Bosnia-Herzegovina will be the hosts for the final. In Play-off Path C, Israel faces Scotland in one of the semi-finals, while Serbia takes on Norway in the other. The winner of Serbia vs Norway will be at home for the final.
In Play-off Path D, Belarus lock horns with Georgia, while Kosovo plays North Macedonia in the other semi-final in Path D. The final will be hosted by the winner of Belarus vs Georgia. A total of 20 countries have qualified for Euro 2021. They include Austria, Croatia, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Wales and Turkey. These countries have automatically secured their places. As such, they will not need to be participants in the playoffs that will take place in June 2020. Originally having been scheduled for March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has made them be pushed back.
Ahead of the tournament, it’s important for you to know the best Euro 2021 bet types. You also need to consider the Euro 2021 betting bonuses, offers, bonuses, promotions and Euro 2021 free bets being offered by bookmakers. With these firms vying for your business, it’s a great time to be a football bettor and know the deals that are worth your attention, and those that are too good to be true. Full-Time Results bet is the most basic Euro 2021 bet but the most popular. You just need to select the winning side inside the 90 minutes. Extra-time and penalties after match don’t count.